The basics of this study are related to the geologic profile of the western United States, which has elevated levels of arsenic and uranium in the soil which contaminate the groundwater. The root cause of the heavy metels have to do with the sandstone and limestone bedrock which is typical of the Colorado Plateau.
Integrated Health Sciences
This year, Dr. Paul Sheppard (professor of dendrochemistry) and Melissa Furlong (postdoc in environmental health sciences) received funding for a pilot proposal. The primary aims involve collecting tree cores near EPA air monitors and evaluating how closely annual metals concentrations in the tree rings predicted the gold standard of annual EPA monitored ambient metals concentrations.
The goal of this study is to formally evaluate if a community health worker intervention can effectively reduce workplace exposures in marginalized small businesses to hazardous chemicals. Through face-to-face encounters, this study will increase the capacity of workers with limited education, literacy & computer skills to understand workplace hazards and effective control options to reduce exposures and prevent occupational disease.
SWEHSC & WEST Water and Environmental Health Event
Investigators requesting SWEHSC-subsidized IHS support, or general consultation for a proposed translational project, are asked to complete an online Project Assistance Form. Support requests are discussed at the weekly SWEHSC management meeting of the IHS Co-Directors, and are evaluated on established criteria.
Projects approved for subsidized assistance will proceed through a structured path called "Project Consult."
At SWEHSC, translational research moves scientific ideas across disciplinary boundaries to become closer to achieving real-world benefit to people. The Integrated Health Sciences (IHS) facility core provides technologies and expertise to help researchers translate scientific ideas toward benefitting peoples’ health.
Who and what can be supported by the IHS?
The IHS consists of a group of scientists with substantial experience in the many areas of translational research. Their contact information is included throughout this website. Anyone is welcome to use this website to contact IHS members regarding questions, potential projects, collaborations.